Humans eat octopus in many cultures. The arms and sometimes other body parts are prepared in various dishes and recipes, often varying by species. Octopus is a common food in Mediterranean cuisine and Portuguese cuisine.

Arroz De Polvo – Portuguese Octopus Rice

There are many recipes in Portugal which are devoted to the octopus. Arroz de Polvo is one of the most popular and can be found on most menus across Portugal.

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Baby Octopus Spiedini

Barbecued baby octopus on skewers served with a salad of baby beet tops. A tasty easy bbq seafood dish.

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Barbecued Baby Octopus with a Citrus and Chilli Dressing

An easy bbq recipe for baby octopus served with a tangy chilli and citrus dressing – a great starter for any group barbecue.

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Enchiladas de Camaron y Pulpo – Rolled Tortillas Stuffed with Prawns & Octopus

Prawns, octopus, and rice are a perfectly combined filling in these enchiladas, served with a spicy mole sauce.

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How to Prepare Octopus for Cooking

Here is all you need to know about cleaning and preparing an octopus for cooking.

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Nakji Bokkeum – Korean Spicy Chilli Octopus

Nakji bokkeum ( 낙지볶음) is a sweet and spicy octopus stir fry dish, considered a classic Korean favourite and is often served with buckwheat noodles or rice.

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Octopus and Potato Salad

A simple and light salad with a special dressing that brings out the flavour of the octopus and potatoes.

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Oktapodi Pilaffi – Octopus Pilaf

In Greek cooking, pilaf is a soft, creamy dish. This is great to serve as a main dish, or in smaller quantities, as a side dish or first course.

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Polipi In Umido ~ Italian Braised Octopus

This is a recipe for Southern Italian stewed octopus with white wine and tomatoes. It is a dish that originates in Puglia, near the heel of Italy’s boot. Octopus requires long, slow simmering, so keep your temperature low and give yourself plenty of time.

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Salata od Hobotnice – Octopus Salad

This Croatian version of an octopus salad is perfect as a starter or light lunch.

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